Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1235669

Large Orange Sulphur
Phoebis agarithe

Observation date: September 29, 2019
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Male and Females, Large Orange Sulphur. Male lower center orange showing through the Pupa, Female upper center and Left rear Green Color Pupa with the tell tell dot center of wing. The wings form wrapped around body showing Peak at the topside! Hatched female on finger again fresh wings still wet but could fly as wings were Quickly Drying. Flights are short at first until excess moisture is released allowing more Lift! Season getting going as females that wintered over are depositing lots of there eggs! Probably all of them, My Question is do these fresh females Mate now and start depositing eggs on host? or winter over than mate and deposit eggs, Or mate this year deposit some eggs now and some next year? Who follows sulphur's and could answer this Mystery ? Thanks! Still seeing just one or two females a day in my yard also some times a male will follow. At the coast the season seems slow still, at your secret spot things are going strong still! Well update this one that i though was a male hatched a female
Status: Temporary Colonist
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: September 30, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Orange County